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10:00 AM ET, June 30, 2009

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thepiratebay.org:
TPB might change owner  —  Yes, it's true.  News reached the press today in Sweden - The Pirate Bay might get aquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB.  A lot of people are worried.  We're not and you shouldn't be either!  TPB is being sold for a great bit underneath it's value if the money would be the interesting part.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sold To Software Company, Goes Legal  —  Software company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) says it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay and file-sharing technology company Peerialism.  GGF claims to have the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Will Close Its Tracker and Remove Torrents (Updated)  —  Earlier today The Pirate Bay announced that it would be acquired by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) who are listed on the Swedish stock market.  So, Pirate Bay users can not only share files but they can buy a share of the site as well.
Discussion: Slyck, DSLreports and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Pirate Bay Has Been Bought By A Public Company [Updated...]
Discussion: hypebot and PC World
Business Wire:
Global Gaming Factory X: Acquisitions of The Pirate Bay and New …
Discussion: Digital Daily, VG247 and hypebot
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Adobe shuts down for a week  —  Adobe Systems has shut down its North American operations for the week, as part of a cost-cutting effort that the company said it will repeat at least once more this year.  —  The San Jose software company, which makes editing, graphic design and web development tools …
Discussion: Bloomberg, eWeek and Daring Fireball
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe is closed this week (and what that means)
Discussion: Softpedia News and Imaging Insider
Josh Catone / Mashable!:
Sneak Peek: What's On Tap for Firefox in 2010  —  It has been just shy of two weeks since the first release candidate of Firefox 3.5 became available for download, and reports say that the latest version of Firefox should go official tomorrow.  Yet already, the Mozilla team is wasting …
Discussion: Lifehacker, PC Magazine and digg.com
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Firefox 3.5: The Technologizer Review  —  Was it really fewer than five years ago that Firefox 1.0 debuted?  Its arrival ended the dismal period in which only one browser-Microsoft's mediocre Internet Explorer-seemed to be viable.  With Firefox, Mozilla proved that millions of people were itching to adopt a better browser.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With 3.5 launch, Firefox faces new challengers
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Developing Pocket-Sized Device  —  Engineers at Dell Inc. have been developing a pocket-sized device for tapping into the Internet, people familiar with the company's plans said.  —  The gadget uses Google Inc.'s Android software, these people said.  Two people who said they saw early …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Dell Developing MID (Mobile Internet Disaster)
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
China Bans Gold Farming  —  Trading virtual goods for real money has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.  —  In addition to its ongoing crackdown on Internet porn, the Chinese government has declared that virtual currency cannot be traded for real goods or services.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7  —  Prices new OS at 41% to 100% more than in the U.S., but leaves out browser  —  Computerworld - European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared to U.S. users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe, according to Microsoft.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Kills Maven: From Acquisition To Deadpool In 17 Months (Updated)  —  At the beginning of last year, Yahoo made a fairly large acquisition with the purchase of online video distribution and advertising platform provider Maven Networks.  Under the terms of the agreement …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Birdfeed: Finally, An iPhone Twitter Client To Match Tweetie's Speed And Simplicity  —  If you own an iPhone, chances are you have at least one Twitter client on it.  And while everyday seems to bring new ones into the App Store, at the end of the day, Tweetie always seems to be the one that I go back to.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube To Broadly Release Call-To-Action Overlays, Allow Linking Off-Site  —  Tomorrow, YouTube is going to release a very important addition to its suite of advertising products, and it has the potential to have a huge impact for politicians, brands, and charities alike.
Discussion: BetaNews, Search Engine Land and MarketingVOX, Thanks:atul
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
Dear Malcolm: Why So Threatened?  —  It's now clear that the bane of my next year will be questions about the future of the newspaper industry from journalists.  I don't blame them—newspapers are indeed one of the industries most affected by Free (although that's just one manifestation …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon  —  Amazon has been taking quite a number of early orders for Windows 7.  The $49 preorder version of Windows 7 Home Premium is now the top seller not just among software products, but among all electronics items at the online retailer.
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Ricoh jumps from copiers to the cloud  —  Japanese copier maker Ricoh launched “quanp,” a new cloud storage service in beta a few months back and has decided to extend the beta period in the U.S. to garner more community participation and feedback.  —  ‘quanp’ is short for “quantum paper” …
Discussion: Software, Interrupted
Siliconera:
Sony Patents Emotion Engine Emulation Technology For Cell Processors  —  By Spencer .  June 29, 2009 .  PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU.  What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Pre Sales Topped 300,000 In June, Analyst Says  —  Channel checks suggest Palm (PALM) Pre sales into the channel in June were above 300,000 units, according to Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Snyder, plus an estimated 70,000 in May.  Snyder contends that the company has yet to catch up with demand.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly's Grand Plans, And Their Inevitable Clash With Digg: Bitly Now  —  URL shortener and analytics service Bit.ly has been working on a new set of products, being referred to as “Bit.ly Now” internally, which will define the next stage of the company's growth.  The company confirmed these plans to us today.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
The Register:
Masked passwords must go  —  ‘Shoulder surfing is largely a phantom problem’  —  Free whitepaper - The starter PKI program  —  Websites should stop masking passwords as users type because it does not improve security and makes websites harder to use, according to two of the technology world's leading thinkers.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Companies File Trademarks for New Top Level Domain Names  —  Filings unlikely to give a leg up in application process.  —  Companies are filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for service marks related to new TLDs.  For example, Top Level Domain Holdings, Ltd (AIM: TLDH) …
Tech Daily Dose:
Obama CIO To Unveil Transparency Tool  —  On Tuesday, White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and White House New Media Director Macon Phillips will unveil an Internet-based interactive dashboard that will make available in a single location details about every major information …
Discussion: GovExec.com and O'Reilly Radar
Russ Juskalian / Macworld:
Sigma DP1 and DP2  —  One of the grand annoyances with digital photography—a problem that was much less severe in the days of film photography—is that when it comes to image quality, tiny, portable point-and-shoot cameras can't touch the quality from their bigger, harder-to-carry digital SLR (single-lens reflex) brethren.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Returns to Work as Apple CEO After Medical Leave  —  Steve Jobs is back at work at Apple Inc., returning to his job as chief executive officer as planned after taking medical leave in January.  —  “Steve is back to work,” Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said today.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
MacBook back on top at Amazon  —  In a sign that should bode well for Apple's (AAPL) earnings in its third fiscal quarter — which ended Saturday — the MacBook has clawed its way back to the top of Amazon's (AMZN) bestseller lists.  —  The Mac, which once led the pack in the online retailer's …
Discussion: AppleInsider and CrunchGear
 
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Jennifer Clark / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Europe Establish Cyber-Crime Force
Ben Hardwidge / TechRadar.com:
AMD to support Nvidia's CUDA technology?
Discussion: Softpedia News and Expreview.com
Barbara Leavitt / Bsquare:
Bsquare Announces Flash Platform Port for Android Smartphones …
Discussion: mocoNews, AppScout and jkOnTheRun
Mayumi Negishi / Reuters:
Japan's Elpida secures lifeline with $1.7 billion aid
Discussion: Financial Times and Bloomberg
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Foes No More, Ad Agencies Unite With Internet Firms
Ben Charny / Dow Jones Newswires:
PC Makers Comply With China's ‘Green Dam’ Edict
Discussion: TG Daily, InformationWeek and Engadget
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John Cook / TechFlash:
VCs say industry is ‘broken’
AdAge:
Why the New York Times Co. Will Be in Business Until at Least 2012
Discussion: DailyFinance
Nielsen Wire:
Apple Tops List of Hardware Sites, Rings Up Buzz in June